Monday Stuff 27/02/12

I’m a day late on Sunday stuff this week! It was a busy old week including my birthday on Saturday so I’m sorry this is a bit sparse. I have also been working on my lent actions which I will be updating on this week. So in the meantime a few things that caught my fancy online. (I’ve officially given up trying to use the block quote code on blogger. It sucks.)

Father Stephen posts on the apparent side-lining of belief and religion on his blog on the topic The God who is No God
“In secularized culture, religion is not eliminated – it is placed at a remove. The remove in which religion is placed is anywhere that does not matter, anywhere that does not touch our daily lives. The secular genius of the modern world (including America) was its contention that religion and belief are the same thing. The acquiescence of believers to this arrangement was, in effect, an agreement to render their faith impotent.The fatal flaw in this agreement can be summed up simply: true religion is not a set of beliefs – it is a set of practices. We believe in prayer – but we do not pray. We believe in forgiveness – but we do not forgive. We believe in generosity – but we do not give. We believe in truth – but we lie.”
Jonathan Owen and Emily Duggan for the Independent:  ‘Even outstanding women struggle to rise in the CofE’ 

“Female bishops are on the cards, but the rank and file believe they are excluded from the top jobs…Despite similar numbers of men and women being ordained each year, statistics compiled at Durham University show that male vicars are almost twice as likely to be given a paid post. The figures come as the church debates the issue of women bishops before a final vote in July.”

Busted Halo – why do we give something up for Lent? 

I was really surprised when someone mentioned this week Lent was about penance. I’d never heard anyone link penance and Lent. I don’t think that is what Lent is about. Here is one look at what it is about.

“Under the threat of Roman persecution, becoming a Christian was serious business, so their process of preparation was intensive! Then they went through a final period of “purification and enlightenment” for the 40 days before their baptism at Easter. The rest of the Church began to observe the season of Lent in solidarity with these newest Christians. It became an opportunity for all Christians to recall and renew the commitment of their baptism.”

Favourite Tweets of the week:

This gets a mention because it is my photo 🙂
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